What could the coronation of King Charles III look like?

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Mark your calendars, royal watchers. King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, eight months after succeeding his mother.

As expected, this date has been the source of much speculation in recent weeks. Many had looked to June 2 – 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned – as a symbol of continuity between the reigns.

But unfortunately, choosing a date is not as simple as looking at a calendar. Everything that happens has to be checked to avoid clashes with other big events (the FA Cup football final, for example) and also the abbey itself and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who runs it, to ensure the availability of key players. the ceremony

With the date locked in, attention now turns to the details of the day. As the UK is the only European monarchy to retain a coronation ritual, it will be a typical royal occasion, full of much-loved plot. But, at its core, it is also a deeply religious ceremony.

While the details of next year’s event have yet to be revealed, the coronations have remained largely the same for over 1,000 years, so we have a good idea of ​​what to expect.

It is likely that the King and Queen Consort will begin their procession to the Abbey in the Gold State Coach, seen during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year. When Charles and Camilla arrive, Buckingham Palace says, the coronation will “reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”

That palace line has been interpreted as a hint that Charles’ coronation will be different from that experienced by his late mother seven decades ago.

The planning committee then organized a grand state affair to introduce the relatively unknown young Elizabeth to the world and assert her position as the new monarch. Britain was still coming out of a world war, and it was thought that the country needed an elaborate opportunity to rally behind it.

The event – the first televised royal event – lasted more than three hours and temporary structures were built inside the abbey to accommodate a growing guest list of more than 8,000 people.

The basic elements of the service were confession, oath, anointing, investiture, coronation and homage. Recognition is when the sovereign is placed in the theater of the abbey and presented to the people. After taking the coronation oath, which is an oath to rule according to law, administer justice with mercy, and uphold the Church of England, the king is anointed with holy oil by the archbishop. This is the most sacred part of the service.

The next part is the investiture, when the sovereign is dressed in special coronation robes and presented with the symbols of the monarchy: the orb, the coronation ring, the scepter and the rod. The crown of St. Edward is then placed on the monarch’s head before the royal princes and nobles of the realm turn to the sovereign to pay their respects.

On the occasion, they will also crown the Queen Consort in a similar but smaller ceremony.

Experts say Charles III’s coronation will be a more subdued event than his mother’s, due to the ongoing cost of living crisis in the UK.

“We’re no longer the kind of society we used to be,” says Bob Morris, an honorary fellow in the Constitution Unit at University College London.

“It would be ridiculous for us to have the imperialist coronation we had in 1953,” he added. “Secondly, we are in the middle or close to a recession. And that’s a very good reason not to splash the cash.”

The crown of St. Edward has been used in coronations by the English, and later the British.

Craig Prescott, a law professor at Bangor University in Wales, told CNN that adapting the ceremony was inevitable and noted that the length of the ceremony was one aspect that could be reviewed.

“(Monarchy) is not a museum. It is a living and breathing part of our constitutional, political and social organization, and therefore, to be effective, it must be in tune with the times,” he explained. “The coronation service has always changed over time.”

Prescott continues: “Although (the Queen’s coronation) was televised, it was not a televised event in the modern sense… Organizers today will have more than an eye for the fact that this will be seen mainly through television and through a more modern and sharper approach. it could be accelerated with one.”

Specifically with service, Morris believes that feudal elements, such as peer tribute, can be completely removed.

Meanwhile, Prescott suggests that prayers and readings could be reduced, thus making room for “the involvement of other faiths in the UK”.

“We’ve seen that in other royal events where people of other faiths participate (and) offer prayers from their faith backgrounds.”

Despite the ceremonial changes, Prescott says next year’s royal game promises to be spectacular.

“(The coronation) is new to almost everyone,” he says, adding: “When you think about the monarchy, it’s such an old institution, but it’s able to deliver something new.”

Royal show of force.

Thursday was another busy day for Windsor workers. In Glasgow, Scotland, the King visited the Burrell Collection, where he officially reopened one of the world’s largest single-person art collections after a six-year renovation. While the King was at the museum, the Queen Consort returned to London visiting Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she met frontline domestic abuse staff working in the maternity ward. Shortly after, on the other side of town, the Prince and Princess of Wales headed to the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for an event with Coach Core. The couple’s Royal Foundation launched the program in 2012, but a decade later, it’s now an independent charity supporting disadvantaged young people through sports education. Meanwhile, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, celebrated World Sight Day in Malawi, which last week became the first country in southern Africa to eradicate trachoma, an infectious disease that causes blindness. Sophie has been in Malawi and Botswana this week to see the legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, which aims to end preventable blindness across the Commonwealth and beyond. Since the end of the official royal mourning period, all the royals have been showing off their work with various engagements over the past two weeks.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will arrive at London's Copper Box Arena on October 13, 2022.

Prince Harry joins Elton John and others in suing the Daily Mail.

The Duke of Sussex has joined a group of high-profile figures, including singer Elton John, in legal action against the publishers of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online. The suit accuses Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) of engaging in various criminal means over the years to obtain information about high-profile figures. Elizabeth Hurley, Sadie Frost, David Furnish and Doreen Lawrence make up the rest of the plaintiffs behind the legal action filed last week. They say they were the victims of “heinous criminal activity and serious violations of privacy,” according to a statement from their representatives. The group accuses ANL of hiring private investigators to carry out illegal activities, such as installing listening devices in homes and cars and recording private calls. In addition, the publisher allegedly paid corrupt police officials to obtain inside information, engaged in impersonation and deception to obtain medical records, and hacked bank accounts and financial transactions through “illegal means and manipulations.” CNN has reached out to ANL for comment.

Print editions of the Daily Mail newspaper

Corgi parade in honor of the late Queen.

Corgi owners descended on Buckingham Palace with their pups on Sunday, Elizabeth II. One owner who brought her 15-week-old corgi Clive to the royal residence said: “We love the Queen and she’s been very fond of the breed and it’s her favorite breed and we’re very proud to own it now. The corgi is in memory of the Queen.” Another corgi owner said. He added that he believed the Queen loved dogs because they are “really loyal and really loyal,” adding that they are “a joy to be around.” The Queen reportedly owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime, with the remaining two going to live with the Duke and Duchess of York after her death. As owners across the country paid tribute to the royals in the month since his death, many have brought their beloved dogs, while others have left corgi toys and figurines among floral tributes.

A corgi is seen at Windsor Castle on September 12, 2022.

King Charles III will be a guest at the show

King Charles III has delighted British TV fans with the news that he will appear in an upcoming BBC special. He will make a guest appearance on the hit show “The Repair Shop” where he sends two family heirs to restore. The program features a group of handymen who repair items that their owners thought they didn’t have to keep.

Charles invites host Jay Blades and his team to Dumfries House in Scotland, where he asks them to meet him in the 18th century.

While it’s surprising that the King would appear on a TV show (after all, the Queen has never given an interview to the press), it should be noted that the episode was filmed between the fall of 2021 and March 2022, when Charles was still a prince. Welsh If she follows in her mother’s footsteps as monarch, this guest appearance could be the last time we see her interviewed. Read the full story here.

Camilla, then known as the Duchess of Cornwall, addresses guests at the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The Queen Consort will present the 2022 Booker Prize for Fiction on Monday. Camilla will attend a dinner and reception in north London and meet selected authors ahead of the event, according to Britain’s PA Media. This will be the seventh time that Camilla, who is known for her love of books and literacy, has presented the top literary prize.

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The Prince of Wales is gearing up to bring his Earthshot Award to Boston in December for the second annual event. This week, Prince William joined Mayor Michelle Wu on a video call to discuss the city’s work on sustainability and ongoing preparations for the environmental event.

“This is an incredible achievement and a true testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment that has made Malawi the first country in Southern Africa to eradicate this devastating and neglected tropical disease as a public health problem.”

King Charles III sends his congratulations to Malawi after the country eradicated trachoma, a disease that causes blindness.